Festivals are back in town

Even though we need to wait a bit longer for the larger festivals to come back, there’s plenty of live music, dance, theatre and film to enjoy this summer. Nefertiti lightens up the city centre with their summer festival, with skilled DJs and artists like Fricky, Timbuktu and Frida Hyvönen on stage. The beach festival Shake it by the sea at Hovås kallbadhus offers a mix of music, dance, theatre and yoga – right by the sea. All my friends are stars highlights upcoming talent for the sixth year in a row and host a number of events at different venues throughout the month, like Spike Brewery, Vulkano and Lindholmen Street Food Market.

Way Out Weekend is a “mini Way Out West” at Villa Belparc during a weekend in August, starring artists like Amason, Sarah Klang and Deportees. And Gothenburg Culture Festival is back! At more venues than ever and in an exciting hybrid format. You can also experience international circus, theatre and dance performances at various venues during Göteborgs Dans- och Teaterfestival. Göteborg Film Festival arranges an outdoor cinema at the square Götaplatsen, showing the Oscar-winning Another round (Druk). The entrance is free of charge but you need to book your ticket in advance at the festival’s website.

Learn more about the ocean during Västerhavsveckan on August 7–15.

Explore life beneath the waves

Spent all your money on ice cream and summer trips? No worries, the event Västerhavsveckan offers lots of fun activities free of charge! Since 2008, Region Västra Götaland and hundreds of others arrange a week of events about the ocean and the challenges its facing. Choose between everything from a Paddan tour guided by researchers, summer fishing school, lifeguard practice and much more during an entire week. And did you know that the island Stora Amundön has a snorkeling trail, where you can learn about life in the ocean all year round? If for some reason you grow tired of salty waters, we suggest you stop by the Maritime Museum and the exhibition Sötvatten – en värld av liv which showcases nature photographer Johan Hammar’s photos and videos from freshwater environments around the world.

Basketball and culture in Biskopsgården

On June 23–August 13, the fourth edition of Bonnierhoops turns Svarte Mosse in the neighbourhood Biskopsgården into a meeting point for kids, youths and families. The aim is to offer something for every taste with workshops on rap, design, dance, democracy, a book lounge and – naturally – loads of basketball! The area will be open 11am–9pm on weekdays and 3–9pm on Saturdays, visit bonnierhoops.se for more details.

There are also lots of activities for kids at culture centre Blå stället in Angered this summer, check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

August offers two different swimrun races: 10 island swimrun and Ötillö swimrun.

An active August

Did the pandemic make you try out a new sport? Or are you one of those who prefer to be in the audience? August offers a great deal of fun races where you can choose to participate – or just watch. Check out the country’s best cyclists during the Swedish mountain bike championships in Skatås, combine swimming and running in Ötillö swimrun and 10 island swimrun – or enjoy a run in the forest from Jonsered to Gothenburg in Gotaloppet.

For all the cycling enthusiasts, there is Göteborgsgirot and Hisingen runt, and if you’re up for something slightly unconventional you can check out Öl-loppet at Rådanäs säteri, where the fluid stations offer locally brewed beer!

The app and the map Hittaut will help you discover the Gothenburg archipelago this summer. Credit: Peter Kvarnström

Find your way into the Gothenburg archipelago

Want to explore the Gothenburg archipelago, but not sure where to start? Try Hittaut! This activity is coordinated by the Swedish Orienteering Federation and is a simple form of orienteering. This summer, you can go hunting for 59 different checkpoints on the islands Björkö, Hönö, Öckerö, Brännö, Styrsö, Donsö and Vrångö.

Download the app Hittaut or pick up a map at Gothenburg Visitor Centre, one of the archipelago info points or Öckerö kommunhus. Walking or running is up to you, and everyone who registers has the chance to win some nice prizes.

Another way to discover the archipelago is by going on a cruise with M/S Trubaduren. Here you’ll get a mix of entertainment, fresh seafood and stunning views of the islets and rocks in the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago.

Want even more options? Check out our Events calendar for all the things happening in August.